University of Sheffield

PET-MRI Neuroimaging Lecturer

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Closing On:
Dienstag, 4th Februar 2020
Montag, 16th März 2020
Location: Sheffield

Job Description:

PET-MRI Neuroimaging Lecturer

Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health, Department of Neuroscience


We are seeking a highly motivated and experienced imaging scientist to drive forward new methodologies and clinical neuroscience applications on a newly installed time-of-flight PET-MRI system in partnership with collaborators across the University and NHS trust.

You will develop clinical research programs within the Department of Neuroscience including the Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN), one of the world-leading center’s for research into neurodegenerative diseases and the Sheffield Biomedical Research Centre. SITraN is a part of the new Neuroscience Institute at the University of Sheffield, one of only four Flagship Institutes set up to tackle key issues facing humanity by cross-faculty collaborations.

You will develop novel PET-MRI methodologies for the nervous system working in close collaboration with one of the country’s leading medical imaging groups, based in the Department of Imaging, Infection, Immunity & Cardiovascular Disease (I3CD). The group have a strong track record in imaging technology development and clinical translation working in collaboration with researchers across the University and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

We aim to collaborate and support clinical and non-clinical researchers across all Departments in the Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health and the wider University to further grow clinical applications and methodological depth in this area of strategic research priority in Advanced Biomedical Imaging.

In your role, you will have the full support of the Imaging group, the department, the faculty and the University.

You will contribute to the undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programmes of the department and faculty and will be involved with the assessment of students. They will take on mentoring responsibilities for a small group of students on the MBChB programme.

The post-holder will be required to undertake some administrative work in support of the needs of the Department of Neuroscience and The University of Sheffield. Administrative duties will be determined with the SITraN Director but should not detract from the research opportunities available to the post-holder.

The successful candidate will benefit from a range of seminar series and other scientific meetings held within the group, department and the Faculty. The post holder will present their findings at group and departmental meetings, and national and international conferences. The candidate will be expected to publish research findings in high-quality, international journals and work towards clinical translation for patient benefit.

You will be an outstanding scholar and a successful independent researcher familiar with the challenges of in-vivo biomedical imaging research and developing PET-MRI techniques for clinical applications. You will have a strong background in imaging science, physics, engineering and computing and be able to work alongside clinicians, engineers, scientists, industrial collaborators, computational modelers and software developers. You will have excellent team building skills and be an inspiring teacher and supervisor of students, both undergraduate and postgraduate. You will be well published in your field, and have experience of attracting substantial grant funding with a clear vision for developing imaging in your area in Sheffield. You will also have experience in teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and in leading courses or modules.

Person Specification

You should provide evidence in your application that you meet the following criteria. We will use a range of selection methods to measure your abilities in these areas including reviewing your online application, seeking references, inviting shortlisted candidates to interview and other forms of assessment action relevant to the post.

About the Team

Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health

The Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health is one of the major UK centres for education and research in health and related subjects ( With origins dating back to 1828, the Faculty has a long-standing tradition of excellence in clinical education and research. Over 2,500 students study within the Faculty each year, on over 40 different courses. In addition, over 200 students are registered on research degrees, supporting a Faculty research portfolio in excess of £30M. Independent assessments of our teaching and research quality rate us as among the best in the UK.

Department of Neuroscience

Our internationally renowned neuroscience research focuses on the understanding of the mechanisms of neurodegeneration and the development of new treatments for neurodegenerative diseases ( The Department is home to the Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN), a centre of excellence for basic and clinical research into motor neuron disease (MND) and related neurodegenerative disorders. Our goal is to translate scientific discoveries emerging from experimental work in the laboratory into effective therapies and better outcomes for patients in the clinical care setting.

The international excellence of SITraN’s research was recognized on 21 November 2019 by the award of a Queen’s Anniversary Prize – an award unique in the honours system and only bestowed upon a UK college or university which demonstrates new and innovative approaches to its research and development that have delivered benefits to the public at local, national and global levels.

The University of Sheffield has recently recognised the internationally leading excellence of its neuroscience research through the creation of a Neuroscience Institute, one of only four Flagship Institutes ( that bring together the University’s strengths to tackle the complex problems facing humanity, turning interdisciplinary and translational research into real-world solutions. Preclinical and clinical neuroimaging play a central role in the research strategy of the Neuroscience Institute, combining advanced computational, neuroimaging and other state-of-the-art research tools across different scales to investigate the function and dysfunction of the nervous system.

Department of Imaging, Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular Disease (I3CD)

I3CD was formed in September 2015, bringing together research strengths in medical and biomedical imaging, infection, inflammation, discovery science, experimental model systems and cardiopulmonary medicine ( The department is building a strong strategy, and its aspiration is to have sustainable, internationally excellent teaching and research. We have four research themes: Imaging and Modelling in Medicine and Biology, Immune Programming and Genetics, Infection Driving Disease Processes, and Repair and Remodelling. Our major areas of research are stratified approaches to diagnosis and treatment, elucidation of fundamental mechanisms and identification of new therapeutic targets. The department’s research profile is available here

We comprise a vibrant successful department, which pushes boundaries through our strong partnerships with other Universities, Industry, Pharma, NHS Trusts, Medical Device Manufacturers and patients. We engage with interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research, drawing input and insight from engineers, physicists, mathematicians, computational scientists and chemists. The department has a strong ethos of achieving success through collaboration and a renewed internal culture of excellence and openness amongst research and academic staff.

Job Description

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Expand advanced PET/MR neuroimaging as a strategic inter-disciplinary research priority at the University of Sheffield.
  • Contribute to the research profile and standing of the Department, the Neuroscience NIHR BRC and the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health by leading research projects and groups, planning work and delegating work to the appropriate staff.
  • Conduct innovative and high quality research and scholarship that is recognised internationally in terms of originality, significance and rigour and is aligned to the strategic direction of the Faculty and University ensuring research activities align with REF outputs, impact and environment.
  • Disseminate research findings through conference presentations and publications in recognised high-quality, peer-reviewed journals.
  • Expand the teaching of biomedical imaging. It will include contributions to the undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programmes of the Department and Faculty of Medicine.
  • Undertake appropriate course evaluation, student feedback, reflection and implementation of novel ideas for improving performance. There will be some assessment and mentoring of students, including a pastoral role.
  • Provide educational support and training to junior staff, and be involved as first or second supervisor of BMedSci, MSc and PhD students. • Attract significant grant funding and pursue income generating opportunities to secure research grants from national and international competitive funders.
  • Develop collaboration with clinicians at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and other partner NHS Trusts.
  • Exploit the opportunities afforded by the Neuroscience Institute and work closely with colleagues across the University.
  • Provide effective leadership that supports staff development and motivation.
  • You will encourage the growth and external recognition of the department and the University through academic achievement and involvement in external professional activities such as refereeing papers, editing journals, refereeing research grants, external examining, organising or contributing to international conferences, advising on national and international boards and groups or on policy, or being elected to national or international societies.
  • Liaise and collaborate with research leads in the Department, Faculty and beyond.
  • Undertake any other duties commensurate with the grade of the post.
  • You will make a full and active contribution to the principles of the ‘Sheffield Academic’. These include the achievement of excellence in applied teaching and research, and scholarly pursuits to make a genuine difference in the subject area and to the University’s achievements as a whole. Further information on the underpinning values of the Sheffield Academic can be found at: Sheffield Academic.
  • As a member of staff you will be encouraged to make ethical decisions in your role, embedding the University sustainability strategy into your working activities wherever possible.
  • Any other duties, commensurate with the grade of the post.

Reward Package

Terms and conditions of employment: Will be those for Grade 8 staff.

Salary for this grade: £41,526 - £49,553 per annum. Potential to progress to £55,750 per annum through sustained exceptional contribution.

This post is open ended.

This post is full-time:
This role has been identified as a full-time post, but we are committed to exploring flexible working opportunities with our staff which benefit both the individual and the University (See Therefore, we would consider flexible delivery of the role subject to meeting the business needs of the post. If you wish to explore flexible working opportunities in relation to this post, we encourage you to call or email the departmental contact listed below.

If you join the University you will have access to a Total Reward Package that includes a competitive salary, a generous Pension Scheme and annual leave entitlement, as well as access to a range of learning and development courses to support your personal and professional development. You will have access to your own personalised portal where you can also access a comprehensive selection of benefits and offers to suit your changing lifestyle needs, for example financial wellbeing, travel options, shopping and cinema discounts.

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The University is committed to tackling the global climate emergency. Our sustainability strategy forms an integral part of all we do. We strive to embed this in all areas of university life, from our students’ education, the globally impacting international research we contribute, to campus life.

We aim to empower staff to work sustainably by giving them the knowledge to make ethical decisions at work and home. Staff have the opportunity to be involved in impactful sustainability projects through the nationally recognised Green Impact scheme.

Staff have access to excellent green benefits including the cycle to work scheme with discounts and free secure bike storage, as well as many greener choices across campus.

If you have an interest in this area, the university will strive to passionately support you in these commitments. Check out for more information.

We are committed to making the University a remarkable place to work and we support this through a number of sector leading services such as Juice.

Our innovative Health and Wellbeing service, Juice, encourages and supports staff to maintain their own positive health and wellbeing through a broad range of inclusive services and activities.

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We are proud of our award-winning equality, diversity and inclusion action, and 90% of staff tell us they are treated with fairness and respect (staff survey 2018). We continue working to create a fully inclusive environment where everyone can flourish.

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Selection – Next Steps

Closing date:

For details of the closing date please view this post on our web pages at

Following the closing date, we will contact you by email to let you know whether or not you have been shortlisted to participate in the next stage of the selection process. Please note that due to the large number of applications that we receive, it may take up to two working weeks following the closing date before the recruiting department will be able to contact you.

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Informal enquiries

For informal enquiries about this job and the recruiting department, contact:
Professor Pamela Shaw, Director of SITraN
Professor Christopher McDermott, Head of Department
Professor Jim Wild, Director of Imaging Sciences

For administration queries and details on the application process, contact the lead recruiter: Rebecca Brown on or on 0114 222 2261.

For all online application system queries and support, visit:

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